Easy healthy homemade chocolate sauce that you can make in minutes, takes only three main ingredients, and is refined-sugar-free as well as nutritionally beneficial - that's not something you can say about most commercial chocolate sauces, right?
Healthy Homemade Chocolate Sauce
Wow, life has changed now that I can make healthy homemade chocolate sauce! And it can change for you too.
One of the most frequent messages I get is about my chocolate sauce. I use on so many recipes, like this fudge ripple cashew cream recipe, that I finally decided it needed a post of its own.
And there are so many versions of this kind of sauce around the internet so I didn't invent it, but I did perfect my version and it has a very special ingredient that boosts its nutrition level sky high.
Even without maca powder, the other ingredients have a slew of nutrients.
What Are Ingredients in This Chocolate Sauce?
The ingredients are easy to recite, there are only 3 main ingredients, and 6 overall if you count the optional ones.
They are, cacao powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, salt and the special ingredient, maca powder.
How Healthy is Homemade Chocolate Sauce?
The raw cacao powder alone provide an amazing amount of antioxidants-which fight off disease-causing free radicals, as well as iron, calcium, high levels of mood-boosting magnesium. So eating this will make you happier, right?
But the other ingredients contribute significant nutrition too.
The maple syrup has essential vitamins and minerals that refined sugar would envy.
The coconut oil contributes heart-health benefits as well as MCT oil which can boost the metabolism, supporting weight loss efforts. And the maca powder is the unique ingredient in my recipe.
Some research shows maca powder helps balance hormones, but I also noticed a significant drop in stress levels when I have maca. And that makes sense since maca is considered an adaptogen that actually combats stress and fatigue.
How to Make This Healthy Chocolate Recipe?
So how do we make this special sauce? Easy, throw all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk it up.
If your coconut oil is solid, though, you might want to sit the jar in a pot of just boiled hot water to melt it first...
How to Use This Homemade Chocolate Sauce
I just use it as I would years ago use jarred bought fudge sauce. Pour it on oats for breakfast, on yogurt, on ice cream for dessert, on cake, pie, cookies. You decide what needs a healthy chocolate sauce.
And it is customizable in flavor and texture. For instance, I make it thicker for a thick fudge layer in my parfaits or even as a raw slice topping, and I thin it out when I want to make a drizzle for my smoothie or oat bowls.
Want to know what recipes I used this sauce on? Here are just a few...
- fudge ripple cashew cream recipe
- hormone-balancing easy chocolate mousse breakfast
- chocolate protein smoothie with zucchini
- chocolate peanut butter smoothie
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Healthy Homemade Chocolate Sauce
- ⅔ cup cacao powder
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup coconut oil refined is less nutritious, so use virgin if you can. And try to buy fair trade.
- 1 tsp vanilla paste you can use extract, but add ½ tsp, or else chocolate will break
- ¼ tsp himalayan salt
- 1 tsp maca powder adaptogen that combats stress and fatique
- Sit jar of coconut oil in a pot of just-boiled hot water to melt.
- Put all ingredients in a bowl, and whisk or hand-mix until smooth.
- Store the sauce in a jar in the refrigerator for a month. To melt for use, sit the jar in a just boiled pot of hot water until melted.
- To thin, increase coconut oil; to thicken, add more cacao powder.
- For Mocha Chocolate Sauce: Add 2 tbsp cold brew coffee
- For Orange/Ginger Chocolate Sauce: Add 2 tbsp orange juice and ¼ tsp ground ginger
- Chocolate Mint Sauce: Add ½ tsp peppermint extract
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients and another immunity-boosting smoothie shot book, 4-Ingredient Smoothies + Juices , due out in January 2021. On this blog you'll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism, editor at The Feedfeed and a nutritional expert at WikiHow. More about Dee Dine here.